Manitoba Music at OCFF

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A dozen Manitoba roots acts are travelling east to showcase at the 2010 Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference in Ottawa. OCFF will host a strong line-up of Manitoba acts at its 24th annual conference, which runs October 14-17. 

Manitoba Music has organized market development and showcasing opportunities for the Manitoba acts to present themselves both on stage and off to some of this country’s most influential members of the national folk, traditional, and roots music scene. The annual conference features four days of performances, workshops, special events, and panel discussions. OCFF is an important experience for more than 700 attendees, including artistic directors, presenters, and provincial, national, and international industry organizations. 

Manitoba Music will once again host its annual “Manitoba Music presents...” showcases on October 15 and 16. Artists will also have the chance to take part in a trade show, networking with top festival and talent buyers, recording labels, managers, and more. This year’s performers include Keri Latimer, Chic Gamine, Romi Mayes, Del Barber, James Struthers, Don Amero, The Crooked Brothers, Kaia Kater, JD Edwards Band, Ingrid Gatin, and Flying Fox & The Hunter Gatherers. Chic Gamine also has an official OCFF showcase. 

Through its Aboriginal Music Program, Manitoba Music is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts to support five Aboriginal artists from across Canada at OCFF conference in Ottawa for the first time this year. JJ Lavallee, a Métis fiddler from St. Ambrose, will join Kinnie Starr, Cris Derksen, Digging Roots, and Janet Panic for showcases on October 15 and 16. The artist will also participate in a pre-conference training session on October 13 in Ottawa to help them prepare for the buyer’s market and re-examine some of their strategies, goals, and business practices. 

OCFF is the largest folk and roots music organization in Canada, representing over 1,200 members in its capacity as a recognized arts service organization.

Many of the Manitoba delegation received travel assistance from the Market Access Program, a funding program, jointly funded by Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC with the purpose of supporting Manitoba artists and music industry professionals in professional development, and attending and enhancing their presence at professionally organized music industry conferences and showcases. The Market Access Program is made possible by the generous support of the Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba through the Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement. 


MB Music Suite 408 | Friday Night
11:00pm Ingrid Gatin
11:20pm James Struthers
11:40pm Keri Latimer
12:00am The Crooked Brothers
12:20am Del Barber
12:40am Romi Mayes
1:00am Kaia Kater
1:20am Don Amero
1:40am JD Edwards Band
2:00am Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers 

Chaudiere Room | Saturday | Noon

12:00pm James Struthers
12:20pm Del Barber
12:40pm The Crooked Brothers
1:00pm JD Edwards Band
1:20pm Don Amero
1:40pm Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers 

OCFF Official Showcase
Panorama | Saturday
8:00pm Chic Gamine 

MB Music Suite 408 | Saturday Night
11:00pm Don Amero
11:20pm Chic Gamine
11:40pm Del Barber
12:00am JD Edwards Band
12:20am Keri Latimer
12:40am Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers
1:00am Ingrid Gatin
1:20am James Struthers
1:40am The Crooked Brothers
2:00am Manitoba Music Jam

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